PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - See anything strange in the skies over the Valley Wednesday night?
We had many viewers calling and emailing us tonight, reporting seeing a string of lights on the night skies. People said it appeared to be up to a dozen lights, all in a line, that appeared around 9 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service in Seattle, the lights were associated with Wednesday's SpaceX Starlink satellite launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Starlink is SpaceX’s internet communication satellite constellation. The constellation is designed to deliver fast, internet service to locations where ground-based internet is unreliable, unavailable, or expensive. Starlink 24, which likely accounts for Wednesday night's lights, launched 60 satellites atop its Falcon 9 rocket.
Wednesday's passage was called a "low-visibility passage," but other viewing times are available. You can track the best viewing times for Starlink here. You can also visit that website anytime you'd like to confirm a passing of Starlink.
Viewers from the Phoenix area, as well as the outskirts of the Valley and as far as Tucson reported seeing the lights. We even got a call from San Diego. Some say it looked like a UFO. Others said it was a string of moving lights. "Unbelievable!" one viewer emailed us. Another viewer described it as a "crazy line of lights." Still another said: "Seriously? This is crazy! They just keep appearing and disappearing."
Many shared video with us on our Arizona's Weather Authority Facebook group. Check it out and see all the pictures and videos people have been posting, and feel free to share your own, if you have some.
Looks like a LOT of folks here in #AZ saw the passing of @SpaceX #Starlink24 satellites tonight-even though it was listed as a "poor visibility" pass. PRETTY COOL! I'll have pics and videos tonight at 10 on @azfamily Track the sat. cubes here: https://t.co/Guvb19cmCG pic.twitter.com/K2mFYc5Ddq— Sean McLaughlin 3TV/CBS5 (@SeanOnTV) May 6, 2021
Back in February, an Apache Junction couple took a video, showing similar lights traveling across the sky. "I caught something out of the corner of my eye and saw 30 to 40 lights cruising along up in the sky, going toward the southeast," said Doug Emily. At the time, astronomer Larry Wasserman with The Lowell Observatory also said the lights were satellites from SpaceX.